Drama: Doctor Prisoner (닥터 프리즈너)
Release Date: March 20 – May 15, 2019
Runtime: Weds. & Thurs. 22:00
Dr. Na Yi Je gets wrongful imprisoned for faking medical diagnosis for Congressman Jung. Because of this, he got kicked out of Taekang Hospital and his mother died because she wasn’t able to have her surgery. Dr. Na vows to take revenge. To do that, he finds a way to become the medical director of the Wester Seoul Penitentiary. Will he be able to succeed or will he end up losing his own life?
Namgoong Min – Na Yi Je
Kim Byung Chul – Seon Min Sik
Choi Won Young – Lee Jae Joon
Kwon Nara – Han So Geum
This show reminds me a lot of Innocent Defendant because the main guy was wrongly jailed for a crime he didn’t commit and the villain is a psycho. And just like Innocent Defendance, this show is one intense rollercoaster ride!
I love Dr. Na, when he was this young, caring doctor who was always smiling and laughing. I hate that he became a bitter vengeful guy who was willing to do wrong things to avenge for himself, his mother and all the other people who got hurt in the process. Namgoong Min is the perfect actor for this role, because he can portray the anti-hero quite well. His eyes are so expressive and his voice is creepy when he talks mean. I love that he is so smart and is very prepared to carry out his revenge. He seems to be able to think of the possible actions that the bad guys will take, and even when things don’t go his way, he is quick enough to get out of the sticky situation.
The first half focused on his cat-mouse game with Director Seon, who was also cunning and double faced. I thought they matched well and I was so hooked at everytime Director Seon gets away, Doctor Na fixes it, then Doctor Na kicks his ass and Director Seon works his out. Never thought that they will eventually team up to take down the bigger bad guy, Lee Jae Jun. While the ending was a nice one, where Director Seon got his dream job and Doctor Na is going to vie for the hospital director, I thought that Director Seon also did a lot of bad things that he should pay for but didn’t just because he became one of the good guys in the end.
Lee Jae Jun is one amazing villain. Scary too. It seems like he knows everything, has eyes everywhere, can manipulate anyone and any situation. To the point of being too unrealistic sometimes, though I can say the same thing for Dr. Na, who seems to always be at the right place at the right time. Sometimes I feel bad for him, his father got married, his mother killed himself, his stepfamily doesn’t care about him and is even trying to take away his inheritance. But no amount of childhood trauma can justify his psychotic mind – killing his own father, ordering people to kill other people, etc. I wish they just killed him off, but I loved that ending where he’s alive but still scheming, like you wish he can get out and have a season 2.
As for the stepfamily, the mother, Lee Jae Hwan and Lee Jae In, I didn’t really feel any empathy for them since I also think it was wrong for them to fight with Lee Jae Jun. Psycho aside, I thought he deserved to take over the hospital, not the stepfamily. The only reason I was rooting for them to win was because Doctor Na needs them to take down Lee Jae Jun. Also, I can’t understand why people are fighting over lee Jae Hwan and Lee Jae Jun when the most competent person around is actually Lee Jae Jin. Is it because she’s a woman that’s why she is not even getting the credit she deserves?
Another woman who deserved more recognition was Han So Geum. She was useful in gathering the information and she helped Doctor Na a lot. Too bad her character got less and less role in the latter half of the show once her brother was found.
This show was not afraid to kill characters and get all batshit crazy with the illnesses and kidnapping and killing etc. and that’s what makes this show fun!
Prosecutor Jung and Ms. Oh was the only reason this show wasn’t too dark. I loved how cute they are as a couple and they really brought the light heartedness.
Overall, this was a really great drama, although in terms of rewatch value, I don’t think my heart can take watching this again. (I will just watch Namgoong Min in his other dramas)